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The Effects Of Breakthrough To Literacy On The Phonological Awareness Skills Of Students In Early Elementary School, Amy W. Woodward Apr 2005

The Effects Of Breakthrough To Literacy On The Phonological Awareness Skills Of Students In Early Elementary School, Amy W. Woodward

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Education

This study researched the effects of Breakthrough to Literacy (1998), a phonological awareness computer-based program, on elementary school students in grades kindergarten through three. The treatment group received the Breakthrough to Literacy program in kindergarten. The control group received the traditional curriculum without this program. The students were assessed on phonological awareness skills at the end of kindergarten, the fall and spring of grade one and grade two. Their reading comprehension skills were also assessed at the end of grade 3. Results indicate that Breakthrough to Literacy improved the phonological awareness skills of students who received the program in grades ...


Factors Predicting Teacher Satisfaction And Retention In The Hampton City Schools Teacher Induction Program, Gale A. Lee Apr 2005

Factors Predicting Teacher Satisfaction And Retention In The Hampton City Schools Teacher Induction Program, Gale A. Lee

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Education

This descriptive and correlational study used a mixed methodology of both quantitative and qualitative data collection strategies to identify factors that predict new teacher satisfaction and retention in the Hampton City Schools' teacher induction program. In the first phase of the study, a researcher-developed questionnaire was mailed to 657 Hampton City Schools' elementary, middle, and high school teachers with 0–5 years of experience and was returned by 40 percent (n = 226) of the sample. The first phase of the study utilized a 31-item teacher questionnaire. The first section of this questionnaire requested demographic information, which helped to categorize teachers ...


A Comparison Of Anonymous E-Peer Review Versus Identifiable E-Peer Review On College Student Writing Performance And Learning Satisfaction, Ruiling Lu Apr 2005

A Comparison Of Anonymous E-Peer Review Versus Identifiable E-Peer Review On College Student Writing Performance And Learning Satisfaction, Ruiling Lu

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Education

The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of anonymous e-peer review with identifiable e-peer review on student writing performance and learning satisfaction. It also investigated whether anonymous e-peer review facilitated a greater amount of critical peer feedback.

Quasi-experimental design was used to test group differences on the dependent variables. Participants were 48 freshmen enrolled in two English Composition classes at Old Dominion University in the fall semester of 2003. The two intact classes taught by the same instructor were randomly assigned to the anonymous e-peer review group and the identifiable e-peer review group.

The results showed that ...


Cultural Competence And Curricula In Physical Therapist Professional Education, Beth Ernst Jamali Apr 2005

Cultural Competence And Curricula In Physical Therapist Professional Education, Beth Ernst Jamali

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Education

The purpose of this research was to examine the methods and degree to which content related to cultural competence is incorporated into current entry-level physical therapist education. Face-to-face interviews were performed with 10 program directors from various physical therapist education programs across the country to obtain in-depth information regarding cultural competence in the physical therapy curricula. A questionnaire was sent to all of the 193 accredited physical therapist education programs in the United States as a second means to collect information regarding the methods and extent to which cultural competence is included in the physical therapy curricula. Data were collected ...


Evaluation Of 2+2 Alternative Teacher Performance Appraisal Program In Shanxi, People's Republic Of China, Weiping Wang Apr 2005

Evaluation Of 2+2 Alternative Teacher Performance Appraisal Program In Shanxi, People's Republic Of China, Weiping Wang

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Studies

This dissertation examined the effectiveness of the 2+2 Alternative Teacher Performance Appraisal System that has been implemented as one of the educational reform efforts in Shanxi province in China. All 78 teachers in Grade One in the six schools participated in the study. The outcomes investigated in the dissertation included teachers' pedagogical beliefs and attitudes, the teachers' professional performance, teachers' collaboration, and the 2+2 feedback. A mixed research design incorporating both quantitative and qualitative approaches was used to evaluate the program. Data triangulation was achieved through varied data sources including focus group meetings, 2+2 feedback forms, observations ...


Assessing The Relationship Between Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms And Freshman Survey Academic Probation Scores For Use In Developing Counseling Programs For Academically At Risk College Students, Douglas Joe Muller Apr 2005

Assessing The Relationship Between Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms And Freshman Survey Academic Probation Scores For Use In Developing Counseling Programs For Academically At Risk College Students, Douglas Joe Muller

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Education

This study identified a significant relationship between Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (Adult ADD) characteristics and the Old Dominion University Freshman Survey Probation Score. The Probation Score is used to identify potential academically at risk freshmen students. Academically at risk is defined as those students with less than a 2.0 GPA. The research found that as the number and severity of Adult ADD characteristics increased, as measured utilizing the Brown Adult ADD Scales, the higher the Probation Score. The study also identified a significant negative relationship between Adult ADD characteristics, as measured utilizing the Brown Adult ADD Scales, and GPA ...


The Role Of Inferential Accuracy In Performance Rating Accuracy: A Field Study Of Teacher Performance Appraisal, Cynthia L. Cooper Apr 2005

The Role Of Inferential Accuracy In Performance Rating Accuracy: A Field Study Of Teacher Performance Appraisal, Cynthia L. Cooper

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Management

This study first assessed the accuracy of performance appraisal ratings of high school teachers in comparison to the achievement of their students as measured by Virginia's Standard of Learning (SOL) tests. The overall performance rating scores of 145 teachers were compared to the pass rates of their students on SOL end-of-course tests. The rating sub-scores in each of four domains of performance were also compared to the SOL pass rates.

The study then tested the influence of Inferential Accuracy, a model proposed by Jackson (1972), on rating accuracy overall and of individual raters in the study. Inferential Accuracy is ...


An Exploratory Analysis Of Post Strategic Plan Implementation Fidelity In Two Urban-Based, Nonprofit Health Education/Advocacy Organizations, Theodore N. Burke Jan 2005

An Exploratory Analysis Of Post Strategic Plan Implementation Fidelity In Two Urban-Based, Nonprofit Health Education/Advocacy Organizations, Theodore N. Burke

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Education

This research is a multi case study examining the degree of fidelity (adherence) accorded to strategic plans following implementation in two, urban-based, nonprofit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) health education/advocacy organizations. The study was focused on the impetus and goals for strategic planning, the similarities and differences in the implementation processes, adherence (fidelity) to the plan once implemented, and finally what factors prompted the fidelity or lack of fidelity to the plan once implemented. Fourteen respondent participants from the two organizations were interviewed using a semi-structured interview format. Findings of this study indicated that post-strategic plan fidelity following implementation did ...


Effect Of Instructional Styles And The Duration Of Class Time On The Sense Of Classroom Community Of Military Urban Graduate Students, William J. Davis Jr. Jan 2005

Effect Of Instructional Styles And The Duration Of Class Time On The Sense Of Classroom Community Of Military Urban Graduate Students, William J. Davis Jr.

Theses and Dissertations in Urban Services - Urban Education

This study measured the effect that instructional style, duration of class time, and repeated administrations of the Classroom Community Scale (CCS) had on the sense of classroom community of military urban graduate students (N = 263). The Instructional Styles Inventory (ISI) was used to determine instructional style, and the CCS was utilized to measure sense of classroom community. In addition, this research contained qualitative data that were extracted from a random sampling of participants during small focus groups.

Quantitative analysis of the data showed that duration of class time and instructional style had an effect on sense of classroom community. The ...


Student Reaction To The Use Of Classroom Performance And Personal Response Systems In College Level Courses, Edmund A. Donato Jan 2005

Student Reaction To The Use Of Classroom Performance And Personal Response Systems In College Level Courses, Edmund A. Donato

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The goals of this study were established to determine: 1. How do students perceive the effectiveness of the Classroom Performance System and Personal Response Systems in engaging them in the learning process? 2. How do students perceive the effectiveness of the Classroom Performance System and Personal Response Systems in aiding educators with evaluating their learning?


The Effects Of The Hampton Roads Women's Network Program On Its Participants At Bank Of America, Charlene T. Runner Jan 2005

The Effects Of The Hampton Roads Women's Network Program On Its Participants At Bank Of America, Charlene T. Runner

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The goals of this study were to answer the following questions: 1. What is the value of Hampton Roads Women's Network Program to Bank of America women associates? 2. What are recommendations for increased professional development of Bank of America women associates through its Women's Network Program?


Electronically Posted Course Materials And Classroom Attendance, Shawnda Bentley Jan 2005

Electronically Posted Course Materials And Classroom Attendance, Shawnda Bentley

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The problem of this study was to determine the attitudes of Old Dominion University undergraduates enrolled in OTS 102, Advertising and Promotion, who receive instructor's electronically posted course material and their attendance in class.


Effects Of Technology Education On Middle School Language Arts (Reading) Achievement, Mark A. Bolt Jan 2005

Effects Of Technology Education On Middle School Language Arts (Reading) Achievement, Mark A. Bolt

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The purpose of this study was to compare eighth grade students at Rachel Carson Middle School who took eighth grade Technology Education and the effect it had on student achievement on the reading section of the Virginia English Standards of Learning test.


A Study To Determine If The Tech Prep Program At Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Has Academic Benefits Using Grade Point Average As A Predictor, Susan H. Carper Jan 2005

A Study To Determine If The Tech Prep Program At Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Has Academic Benefits Using Grade Point Average As A Predictor, Susan H. Carper

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The problem of this study was to compare the grade point averages of students in the Tech Prep program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia, to students not in the Tech Prep program to determine if this career and technical education program has academic benefits.


An Analysis Of The Expectations Of Old Dominion University Students Enrolled In The Fashion Industry Course, Jarnell Dorman Jan 2005

An Analysis Of The Expectations Of Old Dominion University Students Enrolled In The Fashion Industry Course, Jarnell Dorman

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

Through the analysis of student expectations of the Fashion Industry course, the following goals will be answered: 1. Determine student expectations before taking the Fashion Industry course; 2. Determine student learning outcomes after taking the Fashion Industry course; 3. Determine if there was a change in expectations verses the learning outcomes of taking the Fashion Industry course; 4. Compare the attitudes that existed before taking the Fashion Industry course to those developed by completing the Fashion Industry course; 5. Determine whether the Fashion Industry course was effective compared to student expectations and learning outcomes.


An Analysis Of Attitudes Toward Instructional Technology Integration At Heritage High School, Nicole P. Edwards Jan 2005

An Analysis Of Attitudes Toward Instructional Technology Integration At Heritage High School, Nicole P. Edwards

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The research goals of this study would determine the following: 1. What were teachers' attitudes towards having basic instructional technology skills? 2. What were teachers' attitudes towards using instructional technology in the classroom? 3. What populations of teachers were satisfied with their degree of instructional technology knowledge?


Determining The Benefits Of Seeking Phlebotomy Program Approval From The National Accrediting Agency For Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Frankie Harris-Lyne Jan 2005

Determining The Benefits Of Seeking Phlebotomy Program Approval From The National Accrediting Agency For Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Frankie Harris-Lyne

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The goals of this study were to answer the following questions: Do approved programs provide access to data not available for non-approved programs? Does a change from a non-approved program to an approved program change the curriculum model? Is it financially feasible for the college to seek program approval status? Does an approved program increase credibility in recruitment? Does graduation from an approved program allow students to enter the workforce more efficiently than graduates of non-approved programs?


The Demand For Industrial Technology And Technology Education Faculty Professors At United States Universities, Cleo Hicks Jr. Jan 2005

The Demand For Industrial Technology And Technology Education Faculty Professors At United States Universities, Cleo Hicks Jr.

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

To guide this study, the following goals were developed: 1. Identify the positions available at the university level for professors of Technology Education and Industrial Technology; 2. Determine the demand of Industrial Technology faculty professor positions during the past five years; 3. Deter the demand of Technology Education faculty professor positions during the past five years; 4. Identify the different types of skills and requirements sought in these professions; 5. Determine the technical areas where the greatest need for faculty exists.


Business And Industry Training Employment Opportunities In Chesapeake, Virginia, Jessica E. Ingram Jan 2005

Business And Industry Training Employment Opportunities In Chesapeake, Virginia, Jessica E. Ingram

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The purpose of this study was to determine the number of business and industry training opportunities in Chesapeake, Virginia. To answer this problem, the following questions were established: 1. What are the employment opportunities available in the business and industry training field? 2. What are the job title categories that companies are advertising? 3. In each category of advertised positions, how many people were currently needed at this time and what were the needs projected to 2010? 4. What are the business and industry training employment opportunities for undergraduate degree completers in the Chesapeake, Virginia region?


Virginia Quality Institute's Conflict Management Training, Marguerite Inscoe Jan 2005

Virginia Quality Institute's Conflict Management Training, Marguerite Inscoe

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The purpose of this study was determine if Virginia Quality Institute's conflict management training attendees were successful in using the recommended conflict strategies and verbal techniques to mitigate difficult conversations and conflict situations at their job.


Attitudes Of Potential Employers In Southwestern Virginia Toward Hiring Newly Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants Who Are Graduates Of The Wytheville Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Julia S. Jackson King Jan 2005

Attitudes Of Potential Employers In Southwestern Virginia Toward Hiring Newly Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants Who Are Graduates Of The Wytheville Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Julia S. Jackson King

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The research goals included: 1. Did employers of physical therapist assistants feel positively toward graduates of the Wytheville Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program? 2. Would an employer prioritize a new graduate from Wytheville over a new graduate from any other program if all other applicable experience was equal? 3. What did employers identify as the strengths and weaknesses of the Wytheville program?


Factors Contributing To Virginia Marketing Education's Low Participation In State Deca Competitive Written Events, Eric R. Keiser Jan 2005

Factors Contributing To Virginia Marketing Education's Low Participation In State Deca Competitive Written Events, Eric R. Keiser

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

To guide this research the following objectives were established: 1. Identify Virginia DECA chapters who traditionally participate in competitive written events at the state level; 2. Identify Virginia DECA chapters who experience success in written events at the state level; 3. Identify what student demographic characteristics exist in DECA chapters who consistently participate in written competitive events.


Technology Education In Virginia's Private School System, Cara Kimball Jan 2005

Technology Education In Virginia's Private School System, Cara Kimball

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The problem of this study was to determine the extent that Virginia's private schools have incorporated technology education courses into their curriculum.


The Effectiveness Of Loudoun Country Public Schools Teacher Cadet Program, Erik J. Kittelson Jan 2005

The Effectiveness Of Loudoun Country Public Schools Teacher Cadet Program, Erik J. Kittelson

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The objectives of this study were to answer the following questions: 1. Determine if students who participate in the Loudoun County Public Schools Teacher Cadet program actually pursue a teaching degree or licensure; 2. Determine the percentage of Teacher Cadet completers who plan to pursue a teaching degree or licensure; 3. Determine if the teacher cadet program prepares students for higher education teaching programs; 4. Determine if the content of the current curriculum prepares students for their respective teaching area of interest.


Knowledge Management In Training In Hampton Roads, Virginia, Stephanie Mckinney Jan 2005

Knowledge Management In Training In Hampton Roads, Virginia, Stephanie Mckinney

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

To guide this study, the following research goals were developed: 1. Determine the number of Hampton Roads, Virginia businesses using knowledge management as an integral part of training; 2. Determine what types of knowledge management processes are currently being used; 3. Determine the importance of knowledge management as an area for current and future training


Factors That Contribute To Turnover Of Sales Professionals In South Hampton Roads, Monica Miccio-Vieira Jan 2005

Factors That Contribute To Turnover Of Sales Professionals In South Hampton Roads, Monica Miccio-Vieira

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

By completion of this study, the following goals will have been answered: 1. What are the attitudes of Human Resource Directors towards turnover in South Hampton Roads? 2. What are the costs of employee turnover to an organization? 3. What recommendations can be made to Human Resource Directors to reduce employee turnover?


Tidewater Virginia Technology Education Teacher Professional Development Needs, Richard A. Nash Jan 2005

Tidewater Virginia Technology Education Teacher Professional Development Needs, Richard A. Nash

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The following objectives were established to answer this problem: 1. Determine the types of professional development being sought by Tidewater public school technology education teachers; 2. Recommend specific types of professional development that should be made available to Tidewater technology education teachers.


Gender And Programming Language Preferences Of Computer Programming Students At Moraine Valley Community College, Dawn Patitucci Jan 2005

Gender And Programming Language Preferences Of Computer Programming Students At Moraine Valley Community College, Dawn Patitucci

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The objectives of this study were to answer the following questions: 1. Are female programming students more likely to pursue study in certain programming languages than in other languages? 2. Are females more or less likely to pursue study in multiple programming languages than males? 3. As compared with the percentage of females working as computer programmers nationwide, are females over- or under-represented in certain language tracks at Moraine Valley Community College? 4. Which language(s) might be useful in attracting more females to computer programming and software development?


The Attitudes Of Students Enrolled In Riding Instruction Preparation Classes, Bethanne Ridgeway Jan 2005

The Attitudes Of Students Enrolled In Riding Instruction Preparation Classes, Bethanne Ridgeway

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

The following goals were established to guide this study: 1. Identify the outcomes students desire to accomplish in a riding instruction class; 2. Determine if the students believe a riding instruction class will be crucial to their career success.


Alternative High Schools On The Virginia Peninsula, Oliver Robertson Jan 2005

Alternative High Schools On The Virginia Peninsula, Oliver Robertson

OTS Master's Level Projects & Papers

To guide this study the following research goals were used: 1. Identify the number of seats in Peninsula alternative schools; 2. Identify the academic resources of those schools; 3. Identify the admittance criteria to those schools; 4. Identify the credit and degree the student receives at completion of those alternative schools; 5. Determine the future capacity of alternative high schools on the Virginia Peninsula.